After college I spent a year working as a nanny in Fairfield County. I was amazed at the extravagant birthday parties that parents were throwing for their kids. Don’t get me wrong, I love throwing parties with decorations and lots of details, but I think you can do it without breaking the bank. Below are […]
When we were looking for a Minneapolis reception venue, I wanted a blank canvas. I had pictured a large open loft where I could transform the space, and the Day Block Event Center was exactly what we were looking for. The brick walls, exposed ceilings, and beautiful hardwood floors were a perfect starting place. I […]
I’ve been to many weddings in my 29 years, but I couldn’t tell you what was served for dinner at most of them. Last spring I went to a good friend’s outdoor barn wedding. Among many fabulous details, the couple rented food trucks for dinner. Guests had the choice between a taco truck and a […]
When we originally booked the Day Block for our reception site, we planned on having the ceremony there as well. In the end we decided we preferred to get married in a church, and were able to rent Pilgrim Lutheran Church for the day. It was the perfect intimate setting and I am so glad we made […]
One of the biggest ‘challenges’ of planning was my desire for color, while my husband would wanted everything to be classic (as in no polka dots). My favorite compromise was the bridal party. I choose simple navy bridesmaid dresses from Target (Target sells bridesmaid dresses now!) and let them pick their own style as long […]
image by juxtaphotos It’s been more than a month since the wedding and I think I finally have time to share all the details! Come back next week for details on our ceremony, reception, and my sparkly shoes.
A while ago I had seen an engagement session that was done in a studio. When I first started telling people my idea, I got a lot of weird looks and a few “…like JC Penny portraits?” questions. Ed and I wanted to do something unique and creative, and I think these photos turned out […]
Normally I am not a big fan of Save the Dates- I feel like this is one of the many things the wedding industry made up to make more money. However, I had seen a save the date that was used to tell the couple’s story, which I thought was incredibly creative. Since our story […]
After I had created the mood board and once we had our logos and colors, I made a style board. I used to think this was the same thing as a mood board, but I was wrong. While a mood board consists of images and colors that grab your attention, a style board is a much […]
I love design, and my fiance happens to work in marketing. Between the two of us, I knew it wouldn’t be difficult to come up with a ‘wedding brand.’ We knew we wanted something classic yet fun (think JCrew meets Kate Spade). Our main color is navy, which keeps the overall look classy while still […]
The beginning planning stages of any wedding (or party) can be incredibly overwhelming. I find that it can be helpful to begin by creating a mood board. Different from a style board (we’ll be discussing this later) a mood board simply consists of images that catch your attention, details that you want to include, and […]
The beginning planning stages of any party can be overwhelming. I think it’s natural to immediately want to jump into the details, choosing invitations and decorations before you even have a theme, or a budget. This is the order that I plan all of my parties and events in, and one that came in very […]
First, I need to apologize for being MIA in the party planning world lately. I got engaged this past summer and most of my life is currently revolving around thousands of tiny details. If you have ever planned a wedding, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Secondly, I apologize that for the next 4 […]
I wanted to be careful not to over-do the ‘fishing’ theme of this wedding, so I tried to stick to vintage photos and fun rustic accents. Below are the invitations I designed using the same photograph that I had taken earlier of our lake. The invitations and rsvp cards are still available on etsy here. […]
I designed a simple logo using aspects of nature and elegant fonts. We used this logo on many pieces of the invitation, as well as around the reception.
My brother got married last summer and I had the pleasure of helping with a few wedding things. He and his wife love fishing and being outdoors, so we went with a rustic elegance wedding theme, bringing in the lakes of Minnesota and their love of fishing. Below are the Save the Dates I created […]
One of my favorite things about 11cupcakes etsy shop is seeing all of the creative food ideas people come up with for their Sesame Street parties. Scroll down past the photos for a list of my favorite Sesame Street party food. All Sesame Street food labels and other printables area available in 11cupcakes etsy shop. […]
This week we will be sharing our recent Vintage inspired Sesame Street Party! All of the printables are now available in 11cupcakes etsy shop. Check back tomorrow to see all of our Sesame Street party food ideas. Vintage Sesame Street invitations. An entire table of Sesame Street party food, including Dorothy’s Fish Sticks, Little Bird’s Worms, […]
Instead of a normal party backdrop, I decided to use the shelf and frames that were already in the dining room. I swapped out the existing artwork for some fun Hello Kitty signs, and hung a Happy Birthday banner from the shelf. The small dining room table worked perfectly to add the party food and […]
My sister loves Hello Kitty, so this was the party we did for her birthday. I thought it would be fun to design a theme with bright colors and bold patterns. This red, pink, and gold Hello Kitty party is a fun modern twist on the popular party theme.
You can create a simple, cost-effective dessert table for your party anywhere with these 5 simple steps! We set up this Elmo party on a kitchen island. 1. Clear off the counter! 2. Hang a fun piece of fabric as a backdrop behind the table or counter. 3. Hang balloons from the ceiling over the […]
Using silver trays that I found at the dollar store, I spray painted them a fun aqua blue to match the rest of the party decor. Be sure to always spray paint outside as the fumes can become a bit much. I also wouldn’t recommend putting food directly onto the trays unless you use a […]
Our Elmo Party was a little last minute and I didn’t have time to order colored treat cups, so I had to get creative. I found these plain white cups at Party City. Using the flat eraser on a pencil, I used craft paint to polka-dot them in the red and blue colors of the […]
I have had lots of people write asking me where they could find these tiny milk bottles. So today I am sharing my secret. Ready… they are actually glass latte bottles that I get at Target! I know that some people have started selling similar ones on etsy, but this way you get the bonus of having […]
After searching high and low for a polka-dotted fabric that I could use as a backdrop for this Sesame Street Party, I finally decided to make my own. I think it will be a great backdrop that can be used over and over again. Supplies: 2 Yards White Fabric, 6 bottles fabric paint (we used […]
Every year my mom tries to find time to order our family Christmas cards and write an update letter to friends and family. This year I thought I would save her some time and came up with this ‘year in review’ Christmas Card. I saw one similar on minted’s website, but I couldn’t customize it the way […]
Having kids at your Thanksgiving festivities? Here are a few simple ideas to add to your kids table. See all of our ideas from year’s past here. Start by covering the table in white paper. This way after dinner kids can keep busy drawing pictures and playing games (tic-tac-toe, anyone?). We added a fun table […]
I don’t believe that you have to spend a lot of time and money to throw a great kids party, and a huge part of that is keeping party food simple. It also helps to serve food that you can prepare beforehand. For this Elmo’s World party, we served pizza bagels, carrots & dip, watermelon […]
This week we will be sharing all of the pictures and ideas from our recent Elmo’s World party. We turned an ordinary kitchen island into a colorful party table by making this polka-dot backdrop. Add in balloons, festive table-wear, and lots of party food for a great ‘Elmo’s World’ kids party! Elmo and his favorite food- pizza. […]
Next week we will have all of the fun details to our latest Elmo’s World Party, along with some fun DIY ideas for your party! Have a great weekend!
With back to school in full swing, I have been spending lots of time in my mom’s elementary school classroom helping to set up for the first day of school on Tuesday. After visiting Ms. Bunkowski’s art room, I wanted to share a fun classroom idea that she came up. This would also work great in […]
Here are more of the pictures from the back to school ‘School Year’s Eve’ party I threw for two of my favorite kids in the world. Enjoy!
With only a few weeks left of summer, now is the perfect time to start planning a ‘School Year’s Eve’ party for your children and their friends! We’ve updated our ‘School Year’s Eve’ Party Guide with fun new printables this year! For the next two weeks, our Party Guide is on sale for 50% off! Check […]
OK, so maybe it’s not a party, but who says you can’t have a great time and make money, all while hosting a garage sale? Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks from hosting a few garage sales over the years. Do you have some great tips you want added? We would love […]
I am a sucker for new fonts, especially when they are free! Here are some of my new favorites that I have been using this summer. Click on the picture to go to the original website to download them. Enjoy!
If I could, I would live inside of Kate Spade’s website. There is something about the whimsical colors and playful charm that makes me happy. In my head, my wedding is full of color and confetti and bold patterns. I was inspired the other day to come up with some birthday and Bridal Shower invitations […]
After a few requests for Dora the Explorer Party hats and water bottle labels, these are now available in our etsy shop, and included in the Dora the Explorer Party Pack. Dora the Explorer Party Hats include 5 unique hats that feature Dora, Boots, Swiper the Fox, Tico, and a customized hat with the party child’s first name. […]
I had 12 hours to kill on a plane last week and ended up creating some new Sesame Street Party printables. The invitations are very similar to the ones that we already offer, but they have a cleaner look without so much red. Can you tell it’s my favorite color? Happy Planning,
We recently added 3 new Sesame Street water bottle labels to our etsy shop. What do you think? Happy Planning,
Have you seen that we added a few more Sesame Street printables to our shop on etsy? Sesame Street Name Tags, great to mark kids seats or use for favor bags! A Sesame Street inspired welcome sign to welcome guests to the party! Sesame Street inspired party hats; Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie […]
Here are all of the pics from our Dora the Explorer Party! Invitations, cupcake toppers, banner, welcome sign, food labels, straw flags, door sign and thank you tags; Etsy Cake Stand; Thrift Store Polka Sot place mats and backdrop; Target White Plates; Party City Cupcake wrappers; Michaels Striped Straws; Hey Yo Yo Pink napkins; Party […]
Cupcakes are the perfect addition to any party. We made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, and used Dora the Explorer cupcake toppers to add some fun and color to the table. These Dora the Explorer food labels were used to label all of the party food. Happy Planning,
Pink, purple, and orange were the primary colors used to decorate for this Dora the Explorer Party, with green and blue used as accents. A festive table all ready for party guests. A Dora the Explorer Happy Birthday Banner. Use this welcome sign on the front door of the party, or set it out at […]
This Dora the Explorer invitation was created by cutting out each character individually on textured paper and then scanning the images in for a unique, one-of-a-kind invitation! We had so much fun, we made two. Which one do you like best? Happy Planning,
This week we will be sharing all of the pictures from our Dora the Explorer Party! All of the printables are available in our etsy shop.
Enjoy the rest of the pictures from this Kissing Fish Bridal Shower! Happy Planning,
The Bride-to-be’s awesome Maid of Honor made this amazing kissing fish cake and cupcakes for the party. Check out all of her cakes here.
While the bride-to-be was busy opening gifts, guests played gift Bingo. Print off our free Bingo sheet here and have guests fill in what gifts they think the bride will be opening (like a toaster). As the bride-to-be opens gifts, guests try to make a Bingo! Happy Planning,
One of my favorite shower games is a ‘purse scavenger hunt.’ We divided the shower guests into groups (by table) and told everyone to take out their purse or handbag. Give the host a list of random items you might find in a purse or handbag. As items are called, the first table to bring […]
When guests first arrived at the shower, they were asked to write a note of encouragement to the bride-to-be on lined paper. The notes, along with pictures from the shower, were later put into a small scrap book and given to the bride at the wedding. It is a fun memento that she will have and can […]